John Dotta                                           

Coordinator of Photography Department


John Dotta is Professor of Art and Photography Program Coordinator at Napa Valley College in Napa, California. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Photography and Deep Ecology from Prescott College. Before joining the faculty at Napa Valley College, he was Associate Professor of Art at Heartland Community College.  John has also been adjunct faculty at Chabot College, Foothill College, Sonoma State University and College of the Pacific. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including, BC Space Gallery, College of the Pacific, University of Nevada, Reno, Blue Sky Gallery, Sirius Gallery, Tokyo, Minatormirai Gallery, Yokohama and El Reino del Mundo Galley, Jose Marti Biblitoeca, Havana, Cuba.


Allison Watkins


Allison Watkins is a visual artist who currently explores our perceptions of materiality through her photography and textile based works. She is interested in documenting the instability of all forms and how our grasp of, and relationships to these forms change throughout time. Allison was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a MFA graduate of San Francisco State University, and a BFA graduate of San Jose State University. Her works have been shown in exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Camerawork, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, The Textile Arts Center (NYC), En Em Art Space, and the Napa Valley Museum, among others.  Allison currently makes her home in Northern California, where she teaches fine art photography at colleges and universities in the Bay Area. She was recently an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts and is represented by En Em Art Space in Sacramento, California. 


Erin de Jauregui &


James Erin de Jauregui goes by his middle name Erin. He loves to go hiking and taking film cameras along with him. Erin’s love for landscapes and photographic story telling can been seen throughout his work. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Photography, Erin has shot for editorial and commercial clients such as Time Magazine, LA Times Sunday Magazine, Angeleno, UCLA, Laguna College of Art, and for various independent designers.  Erin also shoots wedding with his wife where their cameras have allowed them to photograph weddings all over the country and abroad. Their work together has been featured in numerous online and print publications such as Style Me Pretty and Martha Stewart Magazine.


Tim Baskerville.


Tim Baskerville, B.F.A., received his degree in photography and liberal arts from the University of San Francisco. He has been photographing at night for more than 25 years, and currently teaches night photography at U.C. Berkeley Extension in San Francisco and Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz. and the College of Marin. He has taught at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco; and the Cape Cod Photographic Workshops on Cape Cod. He has written articles about Night Photography for Camera and Darkroom, the Friends of Photography with Nazraeli Press, and Photo Metro magazine. He originally curated The Nocturnes, a Night Photography exhibit, in 1991, and founded the subsequent critically acclaimed Web site - - in 1996. In addition to workshops and classes in California, he conducts a photographic workshop to the West of Ireland, once a year. His work has received many awards, and has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions in this country and abroad.


Rick Mariani


Rick Mariani began his commercial photo studio in 1988.He was featured in The Wine Spectator Magazine for over 12 years bycreating hundreds of images for their monthly food menu as well as scores of front cover photos. Rick established himself as one of the top wine product photographers in the industry. He recently closed his studio after 25 years. Rick now teaches advanced photography classes part time at Solano Community College and at Napa Valley College as an Adjunct Professor. Partial Client List: Constellation Wines, Don and Sons, Trinchero Family Estates, Chandon Cellars, The Hess Collection, Treasury Wine Estates, Trefethen, Rutherford Estates, Old Bridge Cellars, Delicato Family Vineyards, Crimson Wine Group, Schramsberg, Blue Diamond Almonds, Nancy’s Foods, C&H Sugar, Jelly Belly, Shaklee Corporation, Bergin Glass, The Wine Spectator Magazine. 


Brittany Powell


Brittany Moira Powell was born in Naples, Italy.  Since then, she has lived in many parts of the country, including New Orleans and the Washington, DC area, thanks to her military father and accommodating mother.  She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study photography at California College of the Arts, and graduated in 2003.  In 2015, she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University.  Brittany is currently a graduate fellow at the Headlands Center for The Arts. In her free time, Brittany can be found surfing, camping, eating delicious foods and working on personal shooting projects, including:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clients and publications have included: 
the Washington Post,, the Huffington Post, Fast Company, StubHub, Levi's, National Geographic TV, Converse, Hunter Public Relations, the American Red Cross, Chronicle Books, Inked Magazine, Tencue Productions, Renegade Pictures UK, BMW, Farallon Films, St. Mary's College, Edible San Francisco, Yoga Journal, San Francisco Surfrider Foundation, Diagio Liquors, Audi, University of CA, Berkeley, Sarah Burke Interior Design, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Zacapa Rum.



Photography Department Staff


Kelly Dunn

Photography Instructional Assistant IV